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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in each district. The Atlanta District, ...

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Pascagoula shipyard pays $144K fine over dust and paint

A Pascagoula shipyard is paying a $144,545 civil fine for violations including allowing sandblasting particles and paint to become airborne. VT Halter Marine agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The shipyard, owned by Singapore Technologies Engineering, has been one of several industries along Bayou Casotte that has faced complaints from nearby neighbors. A Nov. ...

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and seaports. A capacity crowd on ...

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Frozen sandwich maker to hire 200 for plant near Tupelo

SHANNON — A California company will soon be making sandwiches in a former meat processing factory near Tupelo. Raybern Foods plans to invest more than $10 million and hire 200 people to make frozen deli sandwiches in a 130,000 square foot building in Shannon. Raybern, of Hayward, California, makes frozen sandwiches that it sells through grocers including Wal-Mart. The company ...

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Emergency workers' new hydraulic tools allow faster rescues

OLIVE BRANCH —  New hydraulic rescue tools will let crews extract people from smashed cars much faster, says Olive Branch Fire Capt. Dave Taylor. “They could probably do an extraction in half the time now,” he told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Crews are training with the new tools, which Deputy Chief Ken Givens said are also much lighter than the ...

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Analysis: Questions linger on potential Columbus aluminum mill

By JEFF AMY The strange recruitment of a potential $1.2 billion aluminum mill rolls on. American Specialty Alloys had promised to announce a site and a financing plan by the end of the year. The company sparked a lot of speculation by putting a countdown clock on its website that ended at 7 p.m. December 19. But Chief Marketing Officer ...

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MBJ Business Person of the Year: Joe Sanderson Jr.

You can come at the chicken business a few different ways. You can get to a point you’re happy with and stay there, you can wait for opportunities to arise, or you can create them the way Joe Sanderson Jr. does. The CEO of Mississippi’s largest public company prefers to run at full throttle, having doubled the Laurel-based company’s poultry ...

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Ford F-150s roll into Mississippi, ahead of the pickup pack

By Jack Weatherly The federal government put the hammer down on the U.S. automotive industry in August 2012 — issuing a mandate that the fuel efficiency of trucks and cars had to more than double by 2025. Toward meeting that goal, Ford Motor Co. has just rolled out its lighter-weight, all-aluminum-body F-150 pickup, the best-selling vehicle in the United States ...

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OptimComfort locates plant in Plantersville

PLANTERSVILLE  — A medical furniture design and manufacturing company will locate a facility in Plantersville in northeast Mississippi. OptimComfort Inc. announced plans Tuesday to locate a plant in a 27,000 square foot building formerly used by J. Ivy Industries. The project represents a $500,000 corporate investment and will create 70 jobs over the next three years. The Tupelo-based company manufactures ...

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Jindal raises money for Tate Reeves

GULFPORT — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping raise campaign cash for Mississippi’s Republican lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, who’s seeking a second term in 2015. A Reeves campaign email says Jindal was appearing at Reeves’ fundraiser Thursday evening at a home in Gulfport, with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500. The Advocate reports that Jindal was returning to Baton ...

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